Spring Forum: Protecting Garden Spaces from Jumping Worms

Speaker Julia Vanatta, past president of Wild Ones Twin Cities, will share tips and techniques for managing our gardens and best practices for sharing plants to guard against unwanted species. The forum will be at Lynnhurst Community Center on Saturday, April 13 from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

In spring 2020, local gardeners became aware of how quickly Asian Jumping Worms (Amynthas species) were infesting our gardens. While not wanting to unknowingly spread an invasive species, it was assumed that thorough efforts to minimize any risk would allow sharing plants, including holding the popular Wild Ones Twin Cities donated plant sale. 

It’s since been learned that that assumption is no longer correct. Even the nursery trade can no longer guarantee their products do not have jumping worm cocoons. In an effort to find a way to safely share plants we love, Julia began to experiment with transferring them via bare roots. She now leads Bare Root Clinics and Demonstrations to teach her system to those unfamiliar with this technique. 

In her presentation, Julia will focus on best practice methods for protecting your garden, including risk assessment, early detection and how to prevent further spread. She will also share what we’ve learned about safely transferring and sharing plants during the active growing season via bare root techniques. 

Door Prizes

Attendees who sign-in will be eligible for prize drawings at the end of the event. Five $30 gift cards from local native plant garden center Mother Earth Gardens will be awarded.


Refreshments will be served.

About Julia Vanatta

Julia Vanatta has been a homeowner in Minneapolis since late 1970s. Getting serious about gardening around 25 years ago, she uses her own gardens to experiment and learn all she can about native plants and the wildlife they support, especially insects. Julia has been active as a leader in various capacities for Wild Ones Twin Cities for many years. More recently she started the Facebook group, Native Plant Gardens in the Upper Midwest, a discussion group where members engage in an exchange of ideas and practices for local ecosystem gardening.